NewsTop 10 | Technological Sonar 2022

Top 10 | Technological Sonar 2022

Discover the Top selection of inventions, technological trends, methodologies, case studies and business in the Blue Bioeconomy sector, curated by our Project Manager Graça Teixeira.


1. Smart aquaculture growth and health monitoring system. In Espacenet

The present technology relates to the aquaculture of aquatic species such as fish and shellfish, including shrimp, and more specifically to a smart water quality, growth and health aquaculture monitoring system for controlling growth progress and health of aquatic species over time and for establishing traceability data, as well as methods of operating the system.

In Espacenet.

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2. Antibodies against aquaculture disease-causing agents and uses thereof. In Espacenet

Described herein are methods and antibodies useful for reducing, eliminating, or preventing infection with a bacterial or viral population in an aquatic animal. Also described herein are antigens useful for targeting by heavy chain antibodies and VHH fragments for reducing a bacterial or viral population in an aquatic animal.

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3. Remote sensing big data for aquaculture monitoring. In Espacenet

The building of an intelligent fish farm is significantly more complicated than the creation of other intelligent farm initiatives. Sensor dependability and service life, as well as robustness and accuracy, are mainly accounted. The entire system is designed on the basis of cloud-based big data storage. The system is planned to be powered by solar panels. As a result, the method could perform real-time monitoring of aquaculture water quality and have a significant practical impact in terms of labour intensity reduction, marine product quality enhancement, and water environment protection.

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Marine Biotechnology:

4. Novel tech helps detect roundworms in fish fillets. The Fish Site

Nofima has developed a new technology that can identify and remove nematodes, a type of roundworm, from whitefish fillets before they’re on dinner plates.

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5. Marine scaffolds for human tissue generation. In Patent Scope

The present inventive concept relates to the field of marine scaffold matrices for generation of personalized tissues for future clinical application. More particularly, the inventive concept relates to a method for generation and evaluation of personalized human grafts, using decellularized marine invertebrates as novel bio-scaffolds recellularized with patients’ autologous stem cells.

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6. Exploitation of Marine Molecules to Manage Alzheimer’s Disease. In NCBI

Marine natural products have been shown to be promising candidates, and some have been proven to exert a high neuroprotection effect, constituting a large reservoir of potential drugs and nutraceutical agents. The present article attempts to describe the processes of extraction and isolation of bioactive compounds derived from sponges, algae, marine bacteria, invertebrates, crustaceans, and tunicates as drug candidates against AD, with a focus on the success of pharmacological activity in the process of finding new and effective drug compounds.

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Living Marine Resources:

7. Process for preparation of marine sausages based on cephalopods. In Patent Scope

Process of preparation of marine sausages in which octopus heads represent over 90% in weight of the final sausage and cooking is performed between 40 and 60 minutes, said octopus heads are lowered to a temperature below 3°C for 40 to 60 minutes, said heads are crushed at a temperature between 0°C and 4°C, salt, vegetable fat and colatura di alici are added to the crushed heads and the mixture is amalgamated between 10 and 30 minutes at a temperature between 0°C and 4°C. Giving an amalgamated mass that stabilizes at a temperature between 0°C and 4ªC for a time between 8 and 16 hours; the amalgamated mass is then stuffed into casing.

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8. Method for processing fish. In Espacenet

The method comprises a step of cooking the fillets of fish between 1 and 10 kg, preferably between 1.5 and 5 kg, once the fish have previously been subjected to the steps of: deheading; removal of tail and dorsal fins; removal of viscera; filleting; removal of backbone; and removal of the skin. The fish is preferably tuna. The fish is preferably frozen, for which reason an initial step of thawing the fish is included. Additionally, the dark meat can also be removed from the fish before cooking. The method implies savings in labour, time and energy, as well as a more environmentally friendly treatment of the fish.

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9. Microalgal drugs: A promising therapeutic reserve for the future. In Science Direct

Various algal species like Haematococcus, diatoms, Griffithsia, Chlorella, Spirulina, Ulva, etc. have been identified and isolated to produce biologically active and pharmaceutically important high value compounds like astaxanthin, fucoxanthin, sulphur polysaccharides mainly galactose, rhamnose, xylose, fucose etc. which show antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-cancer, and antiviral activities. Additionally, focus has been made on the role of these bio compounds extracted from algae especially sulphur polysaccharides to treat several diseases with prospective treatment for SARS-CoV-2.

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Special Edition Sonar

10. Valorisation of marine animal by-products. In Espacenet

The present invention relates to methods and processes for extracting nutritional and cosmetic products from marine animal by-products at industrial scale. These products include proteins and oils for nutritional purposes (e.g. animal foodstuff) and collagen for medical, nutritional and cosmetic purposes.

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Did you know that…

B2E’s Technological Sonar initiative, launched in 2021, intends to regularly provide our community with relevant information on new technological trends, emerging innovative methodologies and ground-breaking studies and business cases in the blue bioeconomy sector?

The methodology used consists of applied and exploratory research, in order to generate knowledge for practical applications, with the aim of solving specific problems and improving knowledge.

The sources used for the research were diversified according to the following criteria: recent news publications, scientific articles or patent databases.

Sonar 2022: data analysis in a minute

In 2022, the Technological Sonar team identified 286 technological trends in its main areas of activity (Aquaculture – 148, Marine Biotechnology – 79 and Living Marine Resources – 59). The various applications of these technologies are shown in Figure 1, noting that 28% were related to food and 25% to equipment.

Figure 1: Main sources used.

Food and equipment are the applications where the greatest number of inventions, technological trends, methodologies or case studies and business related to the areas in question (Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology and Marine Living Resources) have emerged, as shown in Figure 2: Information search results with the different applications (columns with # published in Sonar editions).

A selection of the results found was made monthly. In each edition, care was taken to ensure that all areas were covered, with 64 Aquaculture, 57 Marine Biotechnology and 39 Marine Living Resources total published tendencies. This resulted in 160 published inventions, technological trends, methodologies or case studies and business cases, spread over 11 monthly editions and a special edition of Sonar (World Intellectual Property Day).

Figure 2: Information search results with the different applications (columns with # published in Sonar editions)

More about Sonar 2022

Every month, B2E’s network of associates received a first-hand edition of the technological Sonar, containing an average of 12 sources of information. This B2E initiative was also made available on social media and the website.

The selection of the Top 10 was not easy: excellent technologies were disclosed, innovative, economically promising, environmentally sustainable, of national authorship, with a great impact on health and well-being.

The selection was the sole responsibility of the author, who took as a criterion the choice of technologies that fairly covered the different areas, and also one choice from the Technological Sonar of the Special Edition World Intellectual Property Day (edition 7).

The main factors that justified the choice were:

– Food safety, which was a concern raised by several interlocutors, especially in relation to the detection of parasites in fish;

– Water quality in aquaculture systems, a concern raised by several industrial units;

– Innovative technology, of great interest for health;

– The use of marine resources, most often associated with food, can also have other applications, such as in the health and pharmaceutical industries, for example, Alzheimer’s disease (which is of concern to scientists, doctors and patients around the world), or addressing health issues affecting a current concern such as SARS-CoV-2;

– Processed fish is increasingly sought after by the consumer, this technology saves labour, time and energy and is an environmentally sustainable treatment.

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